The Black Staff Association of the United Methodist Church is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to serving the needs of black staff serving The United Methodist Church in staff positions with UMC boards, agencies, conferences, jurisdictions, and districts. BSA will work collaboratively with all segments of The United Methodist Church in order to strengthen relationships that help to equip staff to more effectively network, empower and engage missional in our communities as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our global world.



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2017-2018 BSA Officers

Rori Blakeney
Discipleship Ministries – Young People Ministries

Vice President
Royya James
United Methodist Communications

Maurita Bowie
General Commission on Religion and Race

Nominating/Program Committee Chair
John W. Coleman Jr.
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

Communications Chair
Sharon Dean
General Council on Finance and Administration

Harris K. Tay
West Ohio Conference


​S.A.C.R.E.D. Sisters Shalom Journey & Retreat

Together We Are Reclaiming:

Wellness, Spirituality & Community


S.A.C.R.E.D. Sisters Shalom Journey & Retreat

(where the sacred adventure begins for female clergy of African descent)


May 4 - 6, 2017

Crown Plaza Hotel, Northbrook, IL

Go to for retreat details and to register.

Registration ends February 15, 2017. Need-based scholarships are still available.

E-mail for a scholarship application.

Inspiring Sessions

Get away and share sacred conversations in a quiet space through worship, workshops, peer groups conversations, rest and renewal as part of this life-transforming journey


Shalom Journey & Retreat Sponsors: Lilly Foundation-Pastoral  Excellence Network, Global Ministries, Discipleship Ministries and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Center for the Church and the Black Experience


Last updated by Rori Blakeney Jan 23, 2017.

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